Finlay Motor Group based in M7 Motor Park, Naas, Co. Kildare has been named as ‘Franchised Sales Operation of the Year’ at the SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards.
The accolade was announced by RTE presenter Des Cahill at a glittering ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 18th February in front of over 700 of the Motor Industry’s senior figures and guests in attendance.
The awards now in their sixth year honored those businesses that have demonstrated excellence and best practice in their Industry over the last 12 months. Open to all sectors of the Irish Motor Industry with nine award categories in total.
Finlay Motor Group is a family run business who has been serving the motorists of Kildare and surrounding areas since 1936. This year marks Finlay’s 80th year in business and it has been marked by achieving the highest accolade in the Irish motor industry by being voted the Best franchised Dealer in Ireland at the SIMI awards.
Winning the trophy for ‘Franchised Sales Operation of the Year’, judges praised Finlay Motor Group, recognising the business “For sustained commitment to high quality sales function, exemplary customer service and Finlay Motor Groups innovative approach to business”
Mike Finlay Managing Director of Finlay Motor Group said “Franchised Sales Operation of the Year’ is one of the biggest awards that a franchised dealer can win, and for Finlay Motor Group to get this award is a huge achievement and one in which I am very proud of.”
Alongside being named as ‘Franchised Sales Operation of the Year’, Finlay Motor Group was also named as runner up in the ‘Franchsied Aftersales Operation of the Year’ category. The ‘Franchised After Sales Operation of the Year’ award was awarded to best aftersales operation at a franchised car dealership. This award was based on evidence of unbeatable value for money, top quality customer service and success in the face of rising competition from across the aftersales sector.
Getting recognition at the SIMI awards for the hard work and dedication at Finlay Motor Group was an amazing accomplishment for the whole team in a year with such high competition.
Alan Nolan, Director General of the SIMI, said “This is the sixth year of the SIMI Motor Industry Awards and each year they have continued to grow in both entries and categories. This year’s entries have really raised the bar in terms of both standard and quality. It is great to see our members continuing to develop and improve their business. The SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in sponsorship with Bank of Ireland Finance is a night of celebration for the Motor Industry and for the companies that are shortlisted it is recognition of their hard work and to win the accolade is extra special.”
Gary Finlay Sales Director of Finlay Motor Group said ‘It is an absolute honour to receive this award, & I am delighted that Finlay Motor Group has gotten the recognition it deserves for the all the hard work over our 80 years in business.”
Finally Brothers Mike and Gary Finlay added “We want to give a special thanks to our customers and most importantly our staff, without them this award was not be possible”